Desert Horticultural Society

Field Trips, Meetings & Events

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Oasis Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Dr, Twentynine Palms, CA

    Note that this event is is sponsored by the Joshua Tree National Park Association, not DHSCV.  

    Over 140 species of lichens occur in Joshua Tree National Park. Several species new to science have been recently discovered. However, these ubiquitous organisms are commonly overlooked.  This introductory class will give you a basic understanding of lichen biology and ecology in desert habitats. Kerry Knudsen, Curator of Lichens at the Herbarium of the University of California, Riverside, and a lichen taxonomist, has spent over 100 days inventorying the lichens of Joshua Tree National Park.  Two and a half hours of entertaining lectures in the morning will give an introduction to lichens. You will learn about the most common genera and species found in Joshua Tree as well as about the rarest species in the park. You will learn about all the species new to science. The remaining part of the day will be spent in the field, looking at lichens on rocks, junipers, and soil crusts. You will need a hand-lens (10X) and you will want to have a camera for photographing Joshua Tree’s beautiful lichen mosaics.

    Fee:   $60 for JTNPA/PINE members, $70 nonmembers

    See for details.


    • Thursday, October 30, 2014
    • 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Meet at CVWD Adminstration Building, 75515 Hovely Lane East, Palm Desert, CA

    Note that this event is sponsored by Friends of the Desert Mountains not DHSCV.

    Join us on a fascinating and educational 300-mile, 10-hour Luxury Bus Tour and learn about the history and importance of Water in the Coachella Valley, while helping to support Conservation Efforts and Programs within the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

    Find out how the desert turns green!

    Stops along the route include the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Park, Colorado River, the old Plank Road, Algodones Dunes, Coachella Canal, All-American Canal, and Salton Sea Recreation Area.

    Meet at: Coachella Valley Water District Palm Desert Administration office
    75515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert

    Registration begins at 7:00 am, bus leaves at 7:30 am and returns at approx. 5:30 pm

    Fee: $50.00 includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and (non-
    alcoholic) Beverages; must pre-pay with reservation

    RSVP by: Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 – Limited to 54 participants – Register Early!

    Mail checks written to Friends of the Desert Mountains, P.O. Box 1281, Palm Desert, CA 92261. For credit card payments, please call the Visitor Center at (760) 862-9984 and speak with any staff member.

    Contact Judy Colgero at (760) 862-9984 with any additional questions.

    • Saturday, November 01, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Art Smith Trail Head, Palm Desert
    If you did not get a chance to join us last year do yourself a favor and spend 2 hours with Jim Adams, Professor of Pharmacology as he moves literally from plant to plant and imparts a wealth of information regarding their curatorial powers and how they were historically used by the native inhabitants. A truly fascinating outing. No host lunch on El Paseo.

    Sign up early. There are a limited number of spaces especially for the Jim Adams tour.
    • Friday, December 05, 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Riverside, CA
    • 5

    Discover a garden seldom visited by the public. Located on the east side of the campus, it incorporates several garden styles. This is an opportunity to see another section. Last time we visited the desert garden.  Afterwards we will be having an early supper at a restaurant of your choice in the downtown area. Then we head to the Mission Inn to see the historic hotel’s holiday décor.

    • Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Steve Robbins Administration Building, 75-515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert, CA 92211

    Landscape Design Basics - incorporating hardscape
    materials into your landscaping

    Workshop sponsored by the Coachella Valley Water District.

    Registration is free!
    Seating is limited!
    Register here or call (760) 398-2651
    to reserve your seat today!

    • Wednesday, January 21, 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
    Plant exchange in the Living Desert parking lot starting at 5:30 followed by 6:00 meeting and the following presentation:

    Caroline Conway is the Education Director for The Wildlands Conservancy’s three desert preserves: Whitewater, Mission Creek, and Pioneertown. She will be speaking about these preserves, the reasons these areas were selected for preservation, the challenges they face due to climate change, drought, and big solar, and the ways these challenges are being addressed.

    • Sunday, April 12, 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Starts out at Wellness Park (SW corner of Via Miraleste & Tachevah), Palm Springs, CA 92262
    Save the date for the 10th Annual Desert Garden Tour!  Tour information will be posted in 2015, closer to the date of the event.
    • Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
    Plant exchange in the Living Desert parking lot followed by meeting and a to be determined presentation.  More information will be posted closer to the meeting date.
    • Wednesday, October 21, 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
    Plant exchange before the meeting @ 5:30 PM in the parking lot. Bring pups, cuttings, plants to share with others. Even if you cannot bring plants feel free to adopt and watch your garden grow.

    Borrow Books from the DHSCV Lending Library Glenn Huntington generously donated much of his extraordinary library of books about plants, gardening, and sustainable living to the DHSCV. Borrow books and expand your knowledge. 

    Information on the presentation will be posted closer to the date of the meeting.


Past events

Saturday, October 25, 2014 Backyard Composting
Saturday, October 18, 2014 9th Annual Desert Garden Community Day
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Meeting and Presentation on Desert Landscaping
Saturday, October 04, 2014 Comprehensive Desert Wise Workshop - Robin Kobaly
Saturday, September 27, 2014 National Public Lands Day - Cactus Spring Trail Improvement
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Learn About Run-off and Easy Steps to Prevent It
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 How to Overseed Without Wasting Water & Water Restriction tips
Thursday, August 14, 2014 Sherman Library & Gardens
Saturday, July 19, 2014 Big Bear Garden Tour
Thursday, July 10, 2014 Claremont Botanical Gardens
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 San Diego Botanic Garden (Quail BG)
Thursday, May 15, 2014 Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Meeting and Presentation by Mike Chedester of The Living Desert (open to the public)
Sunday, April 13, 2014 After Garden Tour Party
Sunday, April 13, 2014 9th Annual Desert Garden Tour
Saturday, March 08, 2014 Rancho Dos Palmas Tour
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Coachella Valley Preserve
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 South Coast Botanic Garden
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 Presentation by Robin Kobaly (open to the public), Officer Elections
Thursday, December 05, 2013 UC Riverside Botanic Garden
Saturday, November 09, 2013 Medicinal Plant Hike
Saturday, November 02, 2013 The Weed Show
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Los Angeles County Arboretum
Saturday, October 19, 2013 8th Annual Desert Garden Community Day
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 Meeting & Presentation on The Weed Show (open to the public)
Saturday, June 08, 2013 Balboa Park, San Diego
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Meeting & Presentation by Author James Adams
Saturday, March 23, 2013 Anza Borrego Wild Flower Hike
Saturday, February 09, 2013 Big Morongo Preserve
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 Membership Meeting & Officer Elections
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 Smoke Tree Ranch
Sunday, November 11, 2012 DHSCV Pot Luck - Members Only
Sunday, November 04, 2012 Temecula Olive Oil Tasting and Tour
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Meeting & Presentation by Al Hollinger
Saturday, July 14, 2012 BIG BEAR GARDEN TOUR
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Membership Meeting, The Living Desert
Saturday, March 31, 2012 Phoenix Home and Garden Tour
Saturday, March 17, 2012 "It House"

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